Dominant Sherborne crush Ivel Barbarians
Sherborne 46, Ivel Barbarians 11
SHERBORNE Rugby Club put in an impressive team display to comfortably see off Ivel Barbarians in Southern Counties South.
A hat-trick from Craig Jones helped Sherborne to a bonus-point win with Head of Senior Rugby James Gower praising his side's dominant performance.
"We got off to a great start with two early tries, and had two disallowed – so we could have been out of sight after 20 minutes" explained Gower.
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"We got a bit complacent and that gave Ivel a bit of belief which let them back into the game – but we really blew them away in the second half.
"We showed the strength in depth we have – with a really dominant performance. It was a really good team performance and a great team effort."
Despite playing into a strong wind, Sherborne dominated the opening stages. Jones grabbed two early tries, but Josh Docherty scored against the run of play to put Ivel just one point behind at half time.
The home side took control after the break with tries from Rory O'Loughlin, Jimmy Flynn, Matt Bray and a third score for Jones sealing a comfortable win.
Sherborne were due to visit Weymouth this weekend, but the game has been called off as Weymouth look set to drop out of Southern Counties South.
Weymouth have struggled to produce a starting 15 in their league games this season. They were forced to forefeit games against Wimborne and Wells and have suffered heavy defeats against North Dorset, Dorchester and Walcot.
"They have called it off and they are going to pull out of the league" added Gower. "It's probably for the best in all honesty.
"It's an unusual situation but it can happen. At this level, you really need a bigger squad. We will have about 50 or 60 players who will feature for us at some point this season.
"Players have other commitments and if you don't have that strength, you can easily get caught horribly out of your depth."
With a free weekend for the first team, the club is getting behind Sherborne 2nds who take on Salisbury in Dorset and Wilts 1 South on Saturday.
"It's great to make them the focus" said Gower. "It's nice to get the whole club involved and the community coming out and supporting all our teams, not just the first team."